Tulip Festival

 

Head on out to the Royal Botanical Gardens the weekends of May 7,8 and 14, 15 to enjoy wonderful entertainment and the beautiful displays of tulips and azaleas at the Rock Gardens.

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Rose Festival 2010

Head on over to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the beginning of the month long Rose Festival. Beginning this weekend and continuing until July 3rd and 4th enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and more among 2 acres of these fragrant and exquisite flowers.  Click on the link for more information.

Tulip Festival

Here are some photos from the last weekend of the Tulip Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens.   I was fortunate enough that a lot of the late varieties were still in bloom.  This is definitely a show everyone should check out next year.

Lilac Celebration

Take time out this weekend to enjoy the Lilac Celebration at the Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum.

The lilac dell is home to the worlds largest and most diverse lilac collection and will be hosting a special celebration the weekend of May 15th, 16th and May 22nd, 23rd.

It’s a wonderful feast for your senses with a beautiful variety of colours and intoxicating scents. There will also be food and entertainment while you enjoy the afternoon.

Art in Paradise

Art in the Park RBG 2009 (2)It took me almost tripping over a pair of stone dogs to realize something was happening at the Royal Botanical Gardens.  I absolutely love perennials, perennial gardens, flowers, flower gardens….well you get the idea…so when I paid a visit to the park last week my mind was definitely focused on one thing.  I was glad that I stumbled on ‘Digging Dogs’ early in my day so I could enjoy the Art in Paradise exhibit that is running from July to Thanksgiving. 

 

Separated in 3 categories and spread throughout the different garden areas of the RBG this event hosts world renown artists whose works express the many connections of people, society and nature. 

"Spiral Scarecrows"

"Spiral Scarecrows"

"Relief"

"Relief"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Rock Garden you can experience Sound Art where guests can play interactive musical sculptures.  Amazingly powerful and playful sculptures dot the grounds at Hendrie Park, the Arboretum and the Rock Garden for the art installation Sculpt Art while Earth Art blends art with nature and nature with art.

While some of the works were a bit haunting and others rather obscure, I really enjoyed the mix of culture and nature that surprised me around many corners as I walked through the gardens.

Try to take some time out this summer to experiences something different, thought provoking and undeniably entertaining by visiting this wonderful event.

"The Sound of a Hundred Years"

"The Sound of a Hundred Years"

The “Green” Pen: Enviromentally-Friendly Marketing

I’ve noticed an interesting marketing trend lately that I think works well in a society that is screaming “GO GREEN!!!”

How many times do you go by displays put up by companies promoting their services where an employee is usually handing out ‘freebies’ plastered with their logo?  This past month I was “hit up” twice but surprisingly I was impressed on what I received.  The first was from an insurance company who handed me a “seeded” pen.  Made out of corn, once the ink is done you are to remove the nib and plant the whole pen in soil.  Completely biodegradable the pen breaks down feeding the seed that is in the other end and several weeks later you should have a beautiful plant.  Almost a week after that encounter I was at the Royal Botanical Gardens and was approached by a volunteer to answer a few questions about my visit.  Once I had completed the survey I was handed a bookmark with a little flower pot shaped piece of paper embedded with wildflower seeds.  Again the principle being that once planted in soil I would get a beautiful display of flowers.

It’s nice to know that if these items don’t get used and end up in the landfill they will be adding to our environment for a change.  Maybe more company should invest in marketing tools like these ones and help improve our planet.

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The Rose Festival

'Tequila Sunrise'

'Tequila Sunrise'

Beginning June 20th and running till July 5th the Royal Botanical Gardens will be celebrating their annual Rose Festival. During this peak flowering time, the Centennial Rose Garden in Hendrie Park will be showcasing some of the most beautiful examples of over 2,000 modern garden, old garden, shrub, miniature and climbing roses. Take a stroll along the Rose Walk to see examples of companion planting with roses in the home garden. During the weekends of June 20th, 21st, June 27th, 28th and July 4th, 5th you will be treated to live entertainment, garden tours and children’s activities.

Over the next 2 days I will be focusing on the differences between the different types of roses and hopefully you will get a better understanding about these garden favourites.

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The Iris and Peony Festival

Iris and Peony Festival

Iris and Peony Festival

The last two weeks have marked the annual Iris and Peony Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Iris surronded by Weigela

Iris surronded by Weigela

With the help of the Canadian Iris Society this collection consists of over 600 different cultivars developed since the 1930’s. Tall Bearded irises, Siberian Irises, Spuria Irises and dwarf varieties in hundreds of different shades and combination of colours bloom abundantly throughout the gardens bordered by bright pink Weigelas.

Peonies in bloom

Peonies in bloom

Surrounding one end of the iris beds are the gorgeous peony gardens. Consisting of herbaceous ancestral and tree varieties these beautiful plants are in full bloom and quite a spectacular site to see.

The Festival runs from June 6 to June 14th with the weekends consisting of live music, art sales, guided tours, children’s events and much more. Don’t miss it!

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Fountain at Hendrie Park

Fountain at Hendrie Park

Nestled in 2,700 acres of natural green space on the border of Hamilton and Burlington is one the countries largest premier horticultural masterpieces.

Mediterranean garden

Mediterranean garden

The Royal Botanical Gardens originated in the 1920’s but was officially established by the provincial government in 1941.?á About 297 acres of the space is cultivated which includes the world’s largest living collection of lilacs in the Arboretum.

The RBG consists of five gardens; the RBG Centre, Hendrie Park, the Laking Garden, the Rock Garden and the Arboretum and four nature sanctuaries; Cootes Paradise, Hendrie Valley, Rock Chapel and the Berry Tract. Connecting all of these areas are 30 km of nature trails.
Climbing vines at Hendrie Park

Climbing vines at Hendrie Park

Throughout the year the RBG hosts several flower displays, most notably the Rose Garden and the Lilac Festival. During the summer months they also host Jazz and Blues nights and Tranquil Tuesdays.

Education, science, biodiversity, research and conservation are all important mandates for the gardens and offers people a great opportunity to learn more of the world around them.

Try to take a day out this summer to learn a little, relax a little, and enjoy a little beauty this outstanding place provides.
Check their website rbg.ca regularly for a comprehensive list of events and activities.

Laking Gardens

Laking Gardens